Peter Mwangale, 68, and a brother to former powerful Minister, the late Elijah Mwangale, had booked the plane and was to board it in Kitale at around midday but canceled off his trip at the last minute after he was told that the flight would be delayed until late in the afternoon.
Details has now emerged how a man from Bungoma canceled his flight with the ill-fated FlySax plane that crashed in Njambini, in the vast forest of Aberdares, leading to the death all the 2 pilots and 8 passengers.
Reportedly, his son was waiting for him in Nairobi and told him he had canceled the trip.
“Nilifika airport karibu saa tano na nusu asubuhi nikiwa tayari kuondoka lakini nikaambiwa ndege wamereschedule mpaka saa nane (I got to the airport at 11:30 am prepared to travel but was told that the flight had been rescheduled to 2 pm).
“Kufika saa tisa, wakatuambia ndege itaondoka karibu saa kumi wakati tulikuwa tumeshapata boarding passes (When it got to 3 pm, they told us that the flight would now leave at 4 pm yet we already had our boarding passes),” Mwangale told Citizen TV.
He later declined to board the aircraft citing poor weather stating it was raining and foggy making it dangerous for plane travels.
“It was raining heavily and Kitale town was very foggy. My instinct relayed to me information that Eldoret, Burnt Forest, Timboroa, and Longonot could be worse,” he narrated
“I told the crew that I was not boarding the plane and they decided to hand back my luggage only to be told after an hour that the plane had disappeared,” Mwangale said